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How to Apply

We encourage all potential applicants to WMG to identify a specific research area and potential Supervisor with whom to discuss their proposal prior to application. It is also essential that you mention the Supervisor with whom you have previously corresponded, in the relevant section and use the correct code on the application form (see 'How to Apply' section below).

Please remember that most studentships have application deadlines a long time ahead of your planned start date. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to pursue the application process as early as possible.

How do I apply?

We ask you to use our online application form because it is the quickest and most efficient method for applying for admission to postgraduate courses.

We strongly encourage all applicants to discuss their proposal with a potential supervisor before applying.

When you apply online, please name the Supervisor with whom you have discussed your application in the relevant section. You will also need to use the relevant code on the form:

  • For PhDs: P-H7A2 Engineering (MPhil/Phd)
  • For EngD (Traditional): H1P4 Engineering (EngD)
  • For MSc by Research: P-H7A3 Engineering (MSc by Research)
  • For MSc by Research in Business Transformation: P-H1B2 (Business Transformation)

This will ensure the central admissions team are able to send the application directly to the appropriate departmental member of staff.

The application process here does not include a scholarship, you would need to apply for a scholarship separately. In most cases you will need to hold an offer of admission before making a scholarship application.


What do I need to get started?

You need an unconditional offer before you are able to enrol. We ask you to provide all of your supporting documents as a single PDF and upload them to your online application form so that the University can assess your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If your application is successful you are required to provide all of the original documents as quickly as possible to secure your unconditional offer. Once you have received an offer from the University you must officially accept your offer by returning the decision card or emailing the team as directed on your offer letter.


What qualifications do I need?

Applicants should normally possess a first degree of at least a second class honours standard or the equivalent. Applicants for research degree modules should normally possess a first degree of at least an upper second class honours standard or the equivalent and/or a Master's degree or its equivalent. The requirement for a first degree may be waived in the case of post-experience modules for candidates who can demonstrate sufficient relevant work experience.


What entry requirements does the University set?

In order to come to Warwick you need to hold an unconditional offer. All applicants must satisfy the general postgraduate admissions requirements and also those of the course which they wish to pursue. For research degrees, applicants must hold at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent.

English Language Qualifications: If your first language is not English you will be expected to obtain one of the following recognised English Language qualifications:

  • IELTS (British Council International Testing System) of at least 6.5
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of at least 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based) or 92 (internet based, iBT)
  • WELT (Warwick English Language Test) score of BBC/BCC

For more information on accepted English Language Qualifications, please see

In addition to your academic qualifications and experience, Course Selectors will look for evidence of your interest in the course you are proposing to study and your understanding of the demands of postgraduate work.


What supporting documents should I provide after completing my application form?

  • Degree certificate and Transcripts (original or certified copy)
  • Two signed original academic references on letter headed paper
  • English Language certificate IELTS, TOEFL or WELT - Original (if required, see above)
  • Research proposal (see How to Write a Research Proposal)


Where do I need to send the supporting documents?

Postgraduate Admissions Team
University House
University of Warwick

We regret that the Admissions Office will not return original documents sent in support of your application unless you provide a self-addressed envelope for their return at the time of submission. If you do not wish to send in original documents then please submit appropriately certified or attested copies.

As soon as you have completed your application form you will receive an email of acknowledgement with your application ID, the email will give you instructions of what will happen next and what to do with supporting documentation.


What happens to my application?

Applications are handled in the first instance by the University of Warwick Postgraduate Admissions team, from where offers are made based on the decisions made in WMG. When the Warwick Postgraduate Admissions team receive your application we add it to our database and send you an acknowledgement by email.

Research applications are normally turned around within 8 to 10 weeks of receipt of all supporting documents.

The decision sent to you will be either:

  • An unconditional offer which means you satisfy all the academic conditions required before entry and we are offering you a place.
  • A conditional offer which means you do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are given in the offer letter and may include tests such as English language, as well as degree results.
  • We are unable to offer you a place.

If you are currently completing your first degree or have not yet taken a required English language test or any of the above mentioned supporting documentation is missing from your application, any offer of a place will be conditional upon you achieving the required qualifications/providing the supporting documentation before you arrive at Warwick.

The offer of a graduate place to a successful candidate and the acceptance of the candidate's enrolment carry no implication that the University will provide financial assistance.


Applying for your visa

For overseas students, you will require a visa to study your research degree at WMG. The UK's immigration rules are subject to change, so please ensure you are familiar and up to date with information on visas and requirements, so you are prepared and able to apply for a visa, if you are successful in receiving an offer to a WMG Research Degree. Please see for more information.

The International office also provide useful information for overseas student at


Link to online application form: